Big Elk Marathon

  • About 26.2
  • 7,000+ Vertical Ft. Elevation Gain
  • 7,000+ Vertical Ft. Elevation Loss
  • (14,000+ Vertical Ft. Change)
  • *Prerequisites: A healthy appetite for beauty and some pain.
  • 1 Loop course that starts & finishes at Big Elk Creek.
  • 98% Single Track
  • No Drop Bag Locations
  • 1 Vehicle Crew Access Spot at N. Indian Cr. AS
  • No Pacers Allowed
  • 100% Awesomeness
  • Big Elk Marathon Maps

Course Overview

Not a BQ, not likely to be a ‘PR’… But you’re never gonna find as beautiful a trail marathon! With a very short warm up, you will follow the start of the Moose 100. You will climb out of Big Elk Creek and up to Quaker Flats. Early on at Quaker Flats, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt. Baird through the trees. Throughout the course, you will have majestic views of the Palisades Reservoir, Swan Valley, Grand Tetons and other seemingly innocent sounding names. Into deep canyons you will go, chasing creeks, breezing past waterfalls and playing in the supple wildflowers.

On N. Indian Cr. Trail there will be a fork a little over 4 miles past the Indian Cr. AS. You will turn left (north) and break off of the 50 & 100 mile courses which will go right. Once you get to the Garden Gnome AS your climbing is almost done. After the one finally up an over you will go to the left (north) and follow the Dry Canyon trail all the way to the Big Elk Creek. At the bottom you will get the pleasure of either running, stumbling or lazily floating across Big Elk Creek. Then with less than 3 miles of gentle downhill, you will be back to where you started and a well-deserved rest!

GPS Coordinates (Google Maps)

Big Elk Cr. Start/Finish Race Headquarters -YMCA Camp: 43.324708, -111.109324

Indian Cr. Aid Station: 43.260720, -111.065638

-Be aware that Once you get off the highway you will lose cell signal.

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